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Comparing the Impact of Three Diversity Assignments on Students' Attitudes towards Groups of Difference

Principal Investigator:  Alicia Nordstrom, Ph.D.


The goal of this pedagogical research study is to empirically examine the impact of three different learning approaches on student attitudes towards “groups of difference.” Students enrolled in three Intro to Psychology sections in Fall, 2009 (all taught by the principal investigator) were assigned to a research-based, service-learning, or experiential diversity assignment condition. Students completed pre-and post assignment surveys as well as a one-year follow up asking about their attitudes towards “groups of difference”.  The project examines which diversity assignment (if any) had the largest short-term and long-term impact on change in student attitudes towards groups of difference. 

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Nordstrom, A. H. (in press). The Voices Project: Reducing White students’ racism in Introduction to Psychology. Teaching of Psychology. 

Conference Presentations:

Nordstrom, A. H. (2013, October). Reducing racism in college students: Using SoTL to evaluate the impact of a peacebuilding pedagogy. Presented at the 2013 International Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL), Raleigh, North Carolina.


Nordstrom, A. H. (2013, July). Stereotypes and prejudice in college students: Identifiable patterns and classroom interventions. Presented at the 4th International Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, Vancouver, British Columbia.


Nordstrom, A. H. (2012, August).  The Voices Project: Enhancing students' cultural competence in Intro to Psychology.  Poster presented at the 120th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.


Nordstrom, A. H. (2011, October).  The Voices Project:  Using an experiential diversity assignment to reduce stereotypes and prejudice in Intro to Psychology.  Presentation at the Best Practice in Teaching Introduction to Psychology conference of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Atlanta, GA.